|Friday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 27 July 2007 19:27|
By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) -Jhonny Peralta homered twice and Kenny Lofton began his third go-round with Cleveland by getting three hits in a 10-4 victory over Minnesota on Friday night.
Peralta hit a three-run homer in the third off Boof Bonser (5-7) and added a two-run shot in the sixth when the Indians opened a 10-0 lead for Paul Byrd (9-4).
Cleveland improved to 6-0 this season against Minnesota, which dropped its fifth straight. The Twins have been outscored 30-5 in its last three games.
Lofton returned to the Indians in a trade with Texas for minor league catcher Max Ramirez. He played left field for the first time in his career and finished 3-for-4 with an RBI in his first game for Cleveland since the 2001 playoffs.
Byrd allowed three earned runs and 10 hits in seven innings, and got the Twins to hit into three double plays.
Bonser was charged with four runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest outing in 21 starts this season.
Red Sox 7, Devil Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tim Wakefield allowed one run over six innings and Kevin Youkilis hit a three-run homer to lead Boston.
Wakefield (12-9) gave up six hits and three walks, striking out seven as he won for the fifth time in six starts. The knuckleballer improved to 17-2 against the Devil Rays, the most wins by a Tampa Bay opponent. He is 8-0 at Tropicana Field.
Boston has won seven of eight. The Devil Rays have lost seven in a row, getting outscored 71-21. Tampa Bay is 5-24 since June 25.
Jason Hammel (1-1) threw five scoreless innings, then was pulled after allowing consecutive one-out walks in the sixth. Youkilis, in an 0-for-11 slide, gave Boston a 3-1 lead with his three-run drive off Juan Salas.
Orioles 4, Yankees 2
Yankees 8, Orioles 7, susp. game
BALTIMORE (AP) - Rookie Jeremy Guthrie limited New York to two runs in six innings and Baltimore won its fifth straight.
Earlier, the Yankees beat the Orioles in the completion of a game suspended on June 28 by rain. Play resumed in the eighth inning with the Yankees up 8-6, and closer Mariano Rivera gave up a run in a harrowing ninth before earning his 16th save.
That game officially occurred last month, so the Orioles won their seventh straight at home.
Ramon Hernandez went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Kevin Millar homered in the eighth for Baltimore.
New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez started the night needing one home run to reach 500 for his career. He grounded out in his only at-bat after the suspended game was resumed, then went 0-for-2 with two walks.
A crowd of 47,952 provided the Orioles with their first sellout since opening day.
Guthrie (7-3) gave up six hits, struck out four and walked three. Chad Bradford, the fourth Baltimore reliever, worked the ninth for his first save.
Andy Pettitte (6-7) gave up three runs and eight hits in eight innings.
Royals 6, Rangers 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Brian Bannister pitched seven shutout innings and Billy Butler hit a three-run homer for Kansas City.
Bannister (7-6) allowed four hits and struck out six.
Butler homered in the first off Jamey Wright (3-3) to give Kansas City a 3-0 lead.
Sammy Sosa hit his team-leading 16th homer and the 604th of his career with two outs in the eighth to snap the Royals' 17-inning scoreless streak.
Wright gave up five runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings. He had not allowed a home run since June 16, a span of five starts. He suffered his first loss since June 29.
White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
CHICAGO (AP) - Jermaine Dye homered and Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning to lead Chicago.
Jon Garland (8-7) allowed three runs and 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out two and walked one. Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save.
Reed Johnson matched a career high with four hits for the Blue Jays, who snapped a season-high five game winning streak.
Josh Towers (5-7) allowed four runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings.
Mariners 7, Athletics 1
SEATTLE (AP) - Adrian Beltre hit a three-run double and Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer as Seattle ended a season-high seven-game losing streak.
Felix Hernandez (7-6) allowed seven hits and one run - a homer by Nick Swisher - over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Guillen's homer made it 7-1 and capped Seattle's four-run fourth off rookie Dallas Braden (1-6), who lost for the sixth consecutive time.
Braden allowed seven runs - four earned - and seven hits in four innings.
Angels 11, Tigers 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Gary Matthews Jr. broke out of an 0-for-19 drought with three run-scoring hits and robbed Craig Monroe of a grand slam to lead Los Angeles in the matchup of division leaders.
Jered Weaver (7-5) won for the first time in five starts since beating the Dodgers on June 16. He pitched 5 1-3 innings, allowing six runs and a season-high 11 hits - including solo homers by Placido Polanco and Curtis Granderson. The 11 runs equaled the combined total scored in Weaver's previous five outings.
Chone Figgins was 4-for-5 for the Angels, while Polanco was 5-for-5, tying a career high for hits.
Nate Robertson (6-8) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings. He retired two of his first 13 batters - one on a sacrifice bunt. Robertson is 0-4 with an 8.91 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.
Matthews pulled back Monroe's grand slam bid in the first after the Tigers had scored two runs. The Angels responded with six in the bottom half.